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Lessons from John Stott at His 100th Birthday

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April 27, 2021, would have been the 100th birthday of a preacher whose influence reached every corner of the planet: John R.W. Stott (1921-2011).

Before he turned 30, he was leading a thriving congregation in London; as the decades went by, the world became his parish. He inspired thousands of university students through international preaching trips. He wrote and edited shelves of books which shaped a generation of evangelicalism. When Christians from 150 nations gathered in 1974, he sat at the center of a global conversation on missions, as the chief architect of the Lausanne Covenant. When TIME Magazine named Stott as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2005, Billy Graham added his own endorsement: “I can’t think of anyone who has been more effective in introducing so many people to a biblical world view.” The rest of us will have to content ourselves with more modest callings!

What will preachers today learn from Stott? One of the most important ...

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